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The Pirate -- It's a fun-filled and musical case of mistaken identity when lonely Judy Garland mistakes traveling clown Gene Kelly for a famed Caribbean pirate.


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Release Date:
11 June 1948 (USA) See more »
Treasure Chest Of Magic See more »
A girl is engaged to the local richman, but meanwhile she has dreams about the legendary pirate Macoco... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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What a pair of comedians! See more (53 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Judy Garland ... Manuela

Gene Kelly ... Serafin
Walter Slezak ... Don Pedro Vargas

Gladys Cooper ... Aunt Inez

Reginald Owen ... The Advocate
George Zucco ... The Viceroy
The Nicholas Brothers ... Specialty Dance
Lester Allen ... Uncle Capucho
Lola Deem ... Isabella

Ellen Ross ... Mercedes
Mary Jo Ellis ... Lizarda
Jean Dean ... Casilda
Marion Murray ... Eloise
Ben Lessy ... Gumbo
Jerry Bergen ... Bolo
Val Setz ... Juggler
The Gaudsmith Brothers ... Poodle Act (scenes deleted) (as Gaudsmith Brothers)
Cully Richards ... Trillo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lola Albright ... Manuela's Friend (uncredited)
Marie Allison ... 'Nina' Showgirl (uncredited)
Anne Beck ... 'Nina' Showgirl (uncredited)

Oliver Blake ... Baker (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Artist (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Carriage Driver (uncredited)
Bruce Cowling ... Guard (uncredited)
Willa Pearl Curtis ... Black Maid (uncredited)
Peter Cusanelli ... Jovial Civilian (uncredited)
William Edmunds ... Town Clerk (uncredited)
George Emerson ... Boatswain with Parrot (uncredited)
Fred Gilman ... Coachman (uncredited)
Suzette Harbin ... Black Maid (uncredited)

William Hoehne Jr. ... Blond haired singer dancer (uncredited)
Jane Howard ... 'Nina' Showgirl (uncredited)
Paul Maxey ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Jill Meredith ... 'Nina' Showgirl (uncredited)
Aurora Navarro ... Duenna (uncredited)
Fayard Nicholas ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Harold Nicholas ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Jimmy Page ... Black Barber (uncredited)
Sharon Saunders ... 'Nina' Showgirl (uncredited)

Dick Simmons ... Captain (uncredited)
Dee Turnell ... Luisa (uncredited)
Irene Vernon ... 'Nina' Showgirl (uncredited)

O.Z. Whitehead ... Hurtada (uncredited)

Marie Windsor ... Madame Lucia (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincente Minnelli 
Writing credits
Albert Hackett (screenplay) and
Frances Goodrich (screenplay)

S.N. Behrman (play)

Joseph L. Mankiewicz  uncredited
Frances Marion  uncredited
Joseph Than  uncredited

Produced by
Arthur Freed .... producer
Original Music by
Lennie Hayton (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr.  (as Harry Stradling)
Film Editing by
Blanche Sewell 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Jack Martin Smith 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Tom Keogh 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist
Sydney Guilaroff .... hairstyle designer
Production Management
Al Shenberg .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Arthur Krams .... associate set decorator
Doris Lee .... paintings
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Norwood A. Fenton .... sound (uncredited)
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
Russell Saunders .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Borland .... grip (uncredited)
Jerome Hester .... still photographer (uncredited)
Sam Leavitt .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene .... costume supervisor
Barbara Karinska .... costume execution (as Karinska)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Lennie Hayton .... musical director
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator
Roger Edens .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert Alton .... dance director
Henri Jaffa .... associate technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Gene Kelly .... dance director
Conrad Salinger .... instrumental arrangements
Leslie H. Martinson .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
102 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Did You Know?

Gene Kelly helped invent a device which allowed the bulky Technicolor cameras to shoot from low angles.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Serafin trips one of the fleeing guards with his whip, a white donkey crosses between them. A thin wire can be seen attached to the animal's halter to guide it.See more »
Serafin:Boys, here is my last cigar. Divide it among you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Be a ClownSee more »


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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
What a pair of comedians!, 2 August 1999
Author: wolfie-8 from Japan

Judy Garland may never have been so funny again (or had such a wonderfully over-the-top script to work with) as in "The Pirate." Her best scene by far comes toward the end, when she discovers that Gene Kelly is not the dashing pirate he's pretending to be. At first, she makes a great show of passion toward her "dream lover," but her temper soon snaps and Kelly is dodging everything from vases to chairs.

Kelly is also marvelous, both in his dancing and his comic delivery, which meshes perfectly with Garland's. My personal favorite: "Oh senorita, don't marry that pumpkin."

Not to be missed!

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